The relationship between cannabis and pain relief has always been a driving point in the legalization movement. In 2001, the state of Colorado recognized thegrowing evidence of therapeutic advantagesof cannabis consumption, and thus legalized it for medicinal use. Not surprising given that pain relief is the most popular reason for medical marijuana usein the United States.

Chronic CBD

Many people immediately think of CBD when discussing the potential use of cannabis to treat pain. That's especially true given the buzz that's been generated from recent legislature allowing sales of CBD in any place from gas stations to department stores. This is because it has been championed as all the medical benefits without the high that concerns some users. However, cannabis users who go outside of CBD strains have also found success in using it to help with chronic pain. While may not be potent enough toeffectively treat severe pain types(think post-surgical pain or broken limbs), it is commonly used to help with chronic pain—the kind of long-term, recurring pain that lowers quality of life.

Crossroads: Cannabis and Opioids

Cannabis aids with pain by changing the feeling at the spinal cord and brain.It does this in two ways, by activating CB1 receptors and by increasing opioid receptor activation. It is this function that has put itat odds with opioidsin the medical market for pain relief. For many people experiencing pain, opioids have been a solution wrought with potential overdose and addiction. Cannabis presents an option for managing pain that has neither of these drawbacks and may even useoverlapping signaling systems in the body having to do with drug tolerance, pain, and dependence.This link accounts for some patients reporting a decreased need for opioids when switching to medical marijuana.

You Can Pass on Puffing

The industry's response to this growing understanding has been enthusiastic, to say the least. Eligible consumers have more options than ever for treatment, especially in states that have legalized recreational use. Unencumbered by the red tape a medical card requires, consumers have access to traditional options like flower or oils and can enhance their treatment with topicals, certain edibles, capsules, transdermal patches, and more. This is also whereMyGreenSolutioncan help. We have18 locationsin Colorado alone. Peruse the website, find your favorite store, and strike up a conversation with a friendly Retail Associate to learn all about the different methods.

This growth in options, legitimacy, and market players maintains the clear message: we still have much to learn about this multi-faceted plant and its (beneficial) effects on patients and patrons alike.

Quick Fact

Curing Cannabis Plants- This very gradual drying process involves moderate humidity and mild temperatures, preserving the dimensionality of cannabis plants and the consumption experience. The better and more gradual the curing process, the more sophisticated a grower's yields become, including preserved aromas, flavors, and potency.